Feb. 27, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman third baseman Brad Emaus made his first collegiate home run one to remember as his grand slam in the sixth inning, and fellow rookie Sean Morgan recorded his third save of the year as the top-ranked Tulane University baseball team past Pepperdine 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Pepperdine (6-6) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first and another three in the third, but Tulane (9-1) would scratch away at the led with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before Emaus' blast gave the Green Wave the lead for good. Tulane added an insurance run in the seventh, and it would prove to be an important one as the Waves loaded the bases with only one out in the bottom of the ninth. From there, however, Morgan induced back-to-back groundouts to put the stamp of the series victory.
Green Wave starter Brandon Gomes would settle down from a rocky start to face the minimum from the fourth through eighth innings. For the day, he struck out five and did not walk a batter to earn his first win of the 2005 season. Sunday's win gave Tulane its first series victory on the West Coast since 1998 when the Green Wave defeated Long Beach State two games to one.
Pepperdine got off to a hot start as second baseman David Uribes and catcher Chad Tracy hit back-to-back, one-out doubles to give the Waves a 1-0 lead, and shortstop Danny Worth drilled a two-out RBI single to left to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
Following as scoreless second, the Waves hung three more runs on Tulane when Tracy ripped a one-out double down the third-base line, first baseman Steve Kleen followed with a run-scoring single, and designated hitter Nick Kliebert hammered a two-out, two-run homer to left to make the score 5-0.
The Green Wave first got on the board in the fourth as senior right fielder Matt Barket drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a base hit by senior designated hitter Scott Madden and scored when sophomore left fielder Mark Hamilton won a 10-pitch at-bat with an RBI-single to left. Madden and Hamilton advanced to second and third, respectively, on a one-out wild pitch by Waves starter Barry Enright, but Enright would strand them were they stood with a strikeout and got the benefit of a tremendous catch by centerfielder David Ortiz to escape the inning with no more harm done.
That would not be the case an inning later as the Green Wave loaded the bases on a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch before Emaus delivered the blow of the game. Then, in the seventh, junior first baseman Micah Owings closed out the Tulane scoring.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, March 1, when they play host to cross-town foe UNO at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.